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Slew of bouts official for UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan



Slew of bouts official for UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan


The lineup for UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan is taking shape with a slew of new additions.

UFC Fight Night 117 takes place Sept. 22 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. It’s expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC officials recently added a handful of new matchups to the overseas card.

The biggest official addition is a previously reported fight between Claudia Gadelha (15-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who’s No. 2 in the MMA women’s strawweight rankings, and No. 3-ranked Jessica Andrade (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC).

Also on the card, welterweight Hyun Gyu Lim (13-6-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC), who’s in a must-win situation due to his current 1-3 skid, meets undefeated promotional newcomer and Pancrase vet Daichi Abe (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

Additionally, welterweight Alex Morono (13-3-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), whose recent loss to Niko Price was overturned when his opponent failed a drug test due to marijuana, now puts his seven-fight winning streak on the line against Keita Nakamura (32-8-2 MMA, 2-5 UFC), a 14-year vet who’s 2-2 in his third and most recent UFC stint.

Also on the card are two featherweight bouts: Rolando Dy (8-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Teruto Ishihara (9-4-2 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) and Mizuto Hirota (18-8-2 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC) vs. Charles Rosa (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC).

The latest UFC Fight Night 117 card now includes:

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
  • Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
  • Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
  • Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa


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Georges St. Pierre Vacates Middleweight Title, Heavyweight Championship Fight Set, UFC Fresno, More

Jack Evans



Georges St. Pierre Vacates Middleweight Title, Heavyweight Championship Fight Set, UFC Fresno, More


– It’s fight week! Above you can watch a preview feature of Saturday’s UFC Fresno main event featuring No. 4 featherweight Cub Swanson taking on the sixth-ranked Brian Ortega. Both fighters are riding four fight winning streaks and a win is likely to insert one of them into title contention. In the co-main event, Jason Knight faces Gabriel Benitez in a featherweight bout. In a showdown of top-ten bantamweights, No. 7 Marlon Moraes will meet No. 8 Aljamain Sterling.

– The UFC announced Thursday that middleweight champion Georges St. Pierre has vacated his title, effective immediately. St. Pierre had won the title at UFC 217, defeating Michael Bisping via third-round submission to become just the fourth man in UFC history to win championships in two different divisions. In a statement provided by the UFC, St. Pierre pointed to his recent diagnosis of ulcerative colitis as the reason for giving up his title:

“My fight at UFC 217 was one of the greatest nights of my life but I now need to take some time to focus on my health. Out of respect to the athletes and the sport, I don’t want to hold up the division. I will be giving up my belt and once I’m healthy I look forward to working with the UFC to determine what’s next in my career.”

As a result, interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has been elevated to undisputed champion, and the UFC announced that he will defend his title against former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold in the main event of UFC 221 in Whittaker’s home of Australia on Feb. 10.

– Multiple reports say UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will defend his title against Francis Ngannou in the main event of UFC 220 on Jan. 20 in Boston. MMAJunkie was the first to report the news. Ngannou is coming off a first-round knockout of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 this past Saturday. He has won all six of his fights in the UFC with finishes, five of them coming in the first round. Miocic has won five straight fights, all of them by knockout and the last four coming in the first round. He most recently defended his title against Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211 in May. Miocic had previously been embroiled in a contract dispute with the UFC, but after Ngannou’s big win on Saturday the company wants to capitalize on the moment and get this fight booked quickly. The UFC has yet to officially announce the fight. The previous main event of UFC 220 was Daniel Cormier defending his light heavyweight championship against Volkan Oezdemir, but that will presumably be bumped to co-main event.

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Greg Hardy’s Goin’ Down in MMA Fight, Says His 1st Opponent

Jamie Florence



Greg Hardy’s Goin’ Down in MMA Fight, Says His 1st Opponent

Greg Hardy‘s first MMA opponent has a message for the former NFL star …


FYI, Greg’s first pro fight is on Nov. 4 at Rise of a Warrior 21 … and we got the man who’s gonna meet him in the cage — Joe “The Legend” Hawkins — to give us the low-down on their scrap.

Joe’s got nothing but respect for Hardy … but told TMZ Sports he ain’t gonna take it easy on him.

“I’m gonna be incredible,” Hawkins said. “I see the referee raising my hand.”

Joe’s also inviting Dana White to grab a ringside seat … ’cause his goal is to make it to the UFC one day.

First, he’s gotta beat Hardy … who’s also been training his ass off in camp.

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Live Stream Info

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Mayweather vs. McGregor Free Live Stream

It here! The hype is pretty surreal for the one-of-a-kind superfight between former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor, and it continues to ramp up by the day. We here at Riot Housewives are a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the event, which will take place Saturday live on Showtime PPV.

Mayweather vs. McGregor fight information

Date: Saturday, Aug. 26
Time: 9 p.m. ET (main card)
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs), the best boxer of the last two decades, will return from a two-year retirement at the age of 40 to face the biggest name in combat sports during his absence: UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor (21-3 in MMA).

When the two fighters finally touch gloves on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (Showtime PPV, 9 p.m. ET), with strong potential to break Mayweather’s pay-per-view record of 4.6 million buys from his 2015 victory over Manny Pacquiao, a 60-day circus build will commence with an actual boxing match.

Mayweather will seek his 50th career win, which would best the mythical mark of former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, against a brash Irishman making his pro boxing debut. McGregor, 29, has proven to be Floyd’s equal during the buildup to the fight in terms of talking trash and flaunting his business acumen, but whether or not he can equal the former pound-for-pound kind inside the ring largely remains in question.

Ultimately, that’s why the fight will sell so well. The intrigue of seeing how McGregor will react in such a bizarre matchup that was literally talked into existence is the very definition of reality television. Both fighters, of course, will be handsomely paid to almost absurd levels in order for millions of fans across boxing, mixed martial arts and beyond to find out what happens.

The fight was only made because of its unmatched financial potential (helped by McGregor’s continued “daring to be great” mentality). But let’s take a look at how each fighter measures up against each other entering the matchup:

Nickname Money Notorious
Record 49-0, 26 KOs 21-3, 18 KOs in MMA
Title None UFC lightweight
Age 40 29
Height 5’8″ 5’9″
Reach 72 in. 74 in.
Stance Orthodox Southpaw
Hometown Grand Rapids, Michigan Dublin, Ireland
Best wins Pacquiao (UD12, 2015), De La Hoya (SD12, 2007), Corrales (TKO10, 2001) Alvarez (TKO2, 2016), Diaz (MD5, 2016), Aldo (TKO1, 2015) in MMA
Notable losses None Nate Diaz (SUB2, 2016) in MMA
Net worth (est.) $650 million $22 million

Mayweather vs. McGregor fight card, odds

Floyd Mayweather -400 Conor McGregor +300 Junior middleweight
Badou Jack -450 Nathan Cleverly +325 Light heavyweight
Gervonta Davis -3000 Francisco Fonseca +1100 Junior lightweight
Andrew Tabiti -280 Steve Cunningham +200 Cruiserweight

What’s at stake?

First and foremost, what’s on the line in this one is the gratuitous amount of millions both fighters are expected to make.

Mayweather, who claims to have earned upwards of $300 million when all receipts were counted from his victory over Pacquiao, expects to make even more this time while McGregor has flaunted the idea of earning $100 million (although the exact financial split will remain under wraps per a clause in the fight’s contract).

Most of that money, however, is guaranteed and has just about nothing to do with what actually happens inside the ring (and more to do with how well the promotion has sold the fight.). So in terms of what’s tangibly at stake, that’s where it gets interesting.

Not only is Mayweather seeking a very marketable 50th victory to finally retire on after promising his children and secretive adviser Al Haymon this would be his last, he is also in some ways protecting the reputation of his own sport against a brash neophyte like McGregor.

Officially, there are no recognized titles at stake in the bout (nor should there be, with the Nevada State Athletic Commission coming under scrutiny simply for approving the matchup to begin with). But certain records — everything from the fight’s live gate to the aforementioned PPV buys — are expected to be eclipsed because of the crossover appeal the fight has throughout popular culture.

For McGregor, there’s an opportunity here to become his own generation’s Muhammad Ali when you look at it from the sense of a loud-mouth salesman who can make outrageous claims and consistently back them up to almost frighteningly accurate detail. Anyone who has followed the UFC run of “Mystic Mac” can remember how many times he has called the exact round and finish of his fights, even when entering as an underdog.

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